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world repor t BRAZIL FIGHTER COMPETITION NARROWS Reports from the Brazilian media suggest that the final report on the country’s planned fighter jet acquisition favors the technical and military capabilities of the Dassault Rafale and Boeing’s F/A-18 Super Hornet over the Saab Gripen NG. The country plans to acquire 36 new fighters to replace aging aircraft and the procurement, said to be worth 10 billion Brazilian reals (roughly US$5.4 billion), is one of the increasingly hard-fought global fighter acquisition programs currently up for grabs – the largest still being India’s planned $10 billion fighter acquisition. In what appears to be a visible sign of some in-fighting between Brazil’s Air Force and its President, according to the Folha de San Paolo, last fall, the Brazil26 ian Air Force, in an initial report to the government, had ranked the Gripen first, followed by the Super Hornet and the Rafale, citing the lower costs and opportunity for in-country technology development. At around the same time, during a visit from French President Nicolas Sarkozy, Brazil’s President reportedly said that Rafale was Brazil’s choice in the fighter competition. However, the Air Force report was subsequently leaked, sparking criticism from the country’s Presidential Palace and accusations from government officials that the military was attempting to force through its own choice. The new report, issued last month, has apparently satisfied the president. It does not rank the finalists, but details the advantages of the other two aircraft, which are in production, tested and feature two engines and notes that the single-engine Gripen NG is still being developed. The Air Force, which briefed Brazilian Parliament members on the reasons for its choice last year, preferred the Gripen NG in part because it was still being developed, which might increase the opportunities for Embraer to absorb technology, as well as for lower acquisition and maintenance costs. However, given the preference of some senior government officials for the Rafale, it’s uncertain in which direction the country will ultimately take its acquisition. – E. Richardson In Brief ❍ EW Simulation Technology (Farnborough, UK) has received a $1.5 million order from Sweden’s Saab for a RSS8000 radar threat simulator. The simulator would be used to support ground test and simulation facilities for the company’s JAS-39 Gripen fighter. ❍ Babcock (London, UK) has received a long-term contract from the UK Ministry of Defense (MOD) to provide in-service support to the Eddystone Communications Electronic Support Measures (CESM) system for submarines. The contract, which runs through 2013, covers continued design and integration support for the previously involved Babcock system, along with engineering, logistics and other support. ❍ LIG Nex1 (Seoul, South Korea) has received a contract from Saab to provide local parts for the company’s naval ESM system, planned for South Korea’s second batch of Class 214 submarines. The contract, worth MSEK114 (roughly US$15 million), is for delivery of the ESM systems to HowaldtswerkeDeutsche Werft GmbH (HDW), which is equipping combat systems for the six new submarines. ❍ ELTA, the wholly owned subsidiary of Israel Aerospace Industries, has announced management changes. Yosef Fouks, formerly general manager of ELTA’s SIGINT, EW & Communications division has become general manager of the company’s Microwave and Antenna Systems Division. Eyal Danan, who had served as general manager of the microwave division, has become general manager of the SIGINT, EW and Communications Division. ❍ Previously announced plans for Egypt to acquire 24 F-16 fighters through Foreign Military Sales (FMS) channels are, according to Lockheed Martin, moving ahead. The company announced the deal, reportedly worth $3.2 billion, in late December, indicating that Egypt and the US had reached an agreement for provision of the aircraft with a contract scheduled to be signed early this year. In related news, Morocco finalized its plans to buy 24 Block 52 F-16s from the company via FMS. Last month, Lockheed received an $841 million contract for the planes, which have been pending since 2007. Raytheon has been selected to supply the EW suite for the Moroccan aircraft. ❍ Northrop Grumman Systems Corp. (Bethpage, NY) has received a $6 million firm-fixed price, cost-plus-fixedfee delivery order against a previously issued order from Naval Air Systems Command (Patuxent River, MD) to provide engineering, technical and sustainment services in support of E-2C aircraft for the Taiwan Air Force. Work will be performed in Bethpage, NY and Pingtung Air Force Base, Taiwan and is expected to be complete by January 2011. ❍ CAE (Montreal, Canada) has received a contract from the Royal Netherlands Air Force, valued at more than C$100 million, to expand CH-47 Chinook helicopter training at the company’s Medium Support Helicopter Aircrew Training Facility in the UK. a The Journal of Electronic Defense | February 2010

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JED - February 2010
The View From Here
From the President
The Monitor
Washington Report
World Report
New Solutions in Shipboard SIGINT
Technology Profile: What’s New in Antennas?
EW 101
AOC Industry and Institute/University Member Guide
AOC News
JED Sales Offices
Index of Advertisers
JED Quick Look

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